I challenged myself to complete Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred in January. I can say that I completed it. Was it exactly as planned? No, but I did it! I completed 17 out of 30 Days. There were a few days where I did other exercises. I also had a few days off due to a bout with tonsillitis that landed me in the emergency room getting a CT scan. (Luckily, it was not an abscess like my Dr thought...but I will end up getting my tonsils removed at some point this year.) So I give it a completed sticker and a thumbs up! I was noticing results within 3 days! That really helped me to keep pushing through. If I had to have a complaint about the program it would be the lack of a status bar telling you how much longer you had. Maybe I'm spoiled having seen those in other programs but I find it helps me push if I can see just how much longer I have left. Then again the planks and jumping jacks were hard enough.
So how were my results? Well....I lost 5.2 lbs total and also a total of 7.75 inches all over! 4 inches off my waist alone! I was very excited about that one. My stomach is one of my trouble areas that I don't like. I need to get to eating even better so that I can continue to lose inches there and get some lean tone.
Also in January I weighed in for Scale Back Alabama again this year. I did it last year and was able to lose over 20 lbs. In the last year I gained 10 of that back. I plan to lose at least that 10 and more for the program this year. I'm keeping my exercise programs changing to keep it fun. I'm also using varying foods so that my body doesn't get used to any one thing. I would love any healthy recipes that you want to share! As a working mom (well part-time at least) now things are a little harder. I'm still learning the balance of working, having a child in school, and keeping house. 2013 is going to be the year I manage a lot of things better!
Bring on February!! I am starting a new exercise program tonight! I am starting Slim In 6. I have done this in the past but never completed longer than 2 weeks. I am going to go the full 6 weeks this time! The plan is to workout 6 days a week with a rest day. I will still be doing doing family walks to help Marshall. I will not allow the walks to be an excuse not to do Slim In 6. That will be an add-on so that I am not only teaching my kids the benefits of exercising, but doing it with them. Usually on our walks I push Keelan in the stroller and Corgan rides on Marshall's shoulders. Towards the very end they both are antsy and ready to run a little bit. We both enjoy running with them. It's a good burst of energy at the end. I love that our kids are loving to work out with us. Now to get them more on board with eating good.
February 01, 2013
January 30, 2013
I'm back to blogging again. I plan to do it consistently from here on out. I really enjoy it, plus it's a release for me. Getting stuff written, or in this case typed, out releases me from thinking about it for so long. It also helps to solidify dreams and goals when I write them down. It's a new year. There are lots of things that I hope to do and see happen this year. I don't call them resolutions because those are easily broken. I choose to look at them at lifestyle changes to get what I dream about. I've always heard, "fail to plan, plan to fail." So a new year means new plans. No failing for me. It doesn't have to be for you either. Take time each day to plan. Dream big and allow God to use you.